Daria Zykova was born in 1981 in
Moscow. She started her music studies early - at the age of five
she became a member of the famous Moscow Gnesin Institute (later
renamed to the Gnesin Academy of Music) Children’s Choir, under
the artistic direction of Professor E. Sveshnikova. Performing with
the choir, Daria received her first stage experience. At the same
time, she studied piano with the assistant professor of the Gnesin
Institute N. Kuz’mich.
From 1991 to 1999, Daria was a
member of the Bolshoy Theater Children’s Choir. While being a member
of this eminent group of young singers, she participated in such
performances as “The Queen of Spades”, “Boris Godunov”, “Tosca”,
“Nutcracker” and many others, not only as a choir member but also
as a soloist. With the choir, Daria visited Germany, Italy, Korea,
Japan, and Estonia. Her solo performance during the Christmas Week
in Venice elicited standing ovations. Her another success was a
solo in the Pergolezi’s cantata “Stabat Mater”. After choir’s concerts
in Japan, the Tokyo’s critics who are never lavish of praise recognized
Daria’s performance as one of the brightest moments of the concerts.
In 1998, right after graduation
from high school, Daria was accepted to the Moscow State Conservatory
by Tchaikovsky Vocal Department and became a student of the world-renowned
voice teacher, Professor Irina Maslennikova.
During her studies at the Conservatory,
Daria performed in several lead roles with the Conservatory Opera
Studio, including Musetta in Puccini’s “La Boheme”. “The Moscow
Times” mentioned this production as a notable cultural event, and
specifically stressed the outstanding performance of Daria Zykova.
Starting from her freshman year, Daria participated in annual public
recitals given by the best students of the Conservatory.
In 2003-2005, she performed in all concerts of the “XXI Century
Voices” Program, sponsored by the “Science and Life” journal together
with the Moscow State Conservatory Vocal Department. This year’s
Daria's solo performance with the Bolshoy Theater Choir in Bremen
(Germany) was a great success.
In 2002, Daria Zykova became the
Grand Prix winner of the prestigious Russian nationwide vocal competition
Daria just graduated with honors
from the Moscow State Conservatory and has been accepted to the
Daria’s repertoire is quite versatile,
including works of different musical styles and genres. She is equally
good at classical arias, folk songs, romances, and jazz compositions.
She successfully performed at such famous concert halls as the Main,
Chamber, and Rachmaninov Concert Halls of the Moscow State Conservatory,
Beethoven and Mirror Halls of the Bolshoy Theater, the Tchaikovsky
Concert Hall, and the Gnesin Academy of Music Concert Hall in Moscow.